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Jul 10, 2011 12:30pm PDT
want to go there. republicans have a big flank of new members elected on a pledge of no new taxes. nobody is dealing with reality. anybody on this panel, two of us could make a deal, but they cannot. >> why can they not make a deal, charles? >> you saw it in the clipou showed. nancy pelosi is the classic definition of a reaction. liberal. no changes in programs, entitlements. -- classic definition of a reactionary at liberal. no genocide programs, entitlements. if you all make -- note changes in programs, entitlements. if you don't make changes, he will wreck the economy, and everybody over the age of nine knows that. is that they are not willing to means test -- if they are not willing to means test entitlements, which you think and liberal alike, who always argue in terms of sharing the sacrifice and the rich bearing the burden, nothing will happen. >> colby? >> you just had exhibit number one of why they have not been able to reach a deal, as my friend charles expressed. if you start out with nancy pelosi and the position of republicans on tax increases, you see why we are at t
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Jul 7, 2011 11:00pm PDT
something big and failed. >> boehner is clearly on board for something. but i think right now the oer four lders are trying to figure out is this politically where we want to go and can we assemble the votes for something of this magnitude. >> we conclude by turning to the n.b.a. and n.f.l. labor disputes with sally jenkins of the "washington post" and kevin blackistone of the university of maryland and espn. >> maybe it's time for fans to reassess why they're spending like crack addicts on the four major sports when there are lots of other affordable, available things to watch for a lot less money that appreciate the fans perhaps a little bit better and who value the fan more properly. >> with the n.f.l., it's very much reflective to me of what we're going through in america right now where in 201 you've had record profits in corporate america yet corporate america points to the economy, says it niece bad shape and pois to unions and workers and asks for concessions. that's the exact same thing going on in the n.f.l. when you talk about $9 billion in revenue. >> the deficit talks and
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Jul 15, 2011 11:00pm PDT
his third in three weeks the president continued to press for a big deal to raise the debt ceiling and to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion. >> i am still pushing for us to achieve a big deal. but what i also said to the group is if we can't do the biggest deal possible, then let's still be ambitious. let's still try to at least get a down payme on deficit reduction. we are obviously running out of time. and so what i have said to the members of congress is that you need over the next 24 to 36 hours to give me some sense of whayour plan is to get the debt ceiling rais through whatever mechanisms they can think about and show me a plan in tes of what you are doing for deficit and debt reduction. if they show me a serious plan, i'm readyo move. even if it requires some toh decisions on my part. and i'm hopeful that over the next couple of days 'll see this long jam broken because the american people i think understandably want toee washgton do its job. >> president obama ruled out a 2.4 trillion plan prosed by house republicans. >> in my expectation is that you will probably see the
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Jul 29, 2011 8:30pm PDT
sharpest >>> issue one, too big to fail? >> i urge democrats and republicans in the senate to find common ground on a plan they can get support that can get support from both parties in the houses, a plan that i can sign by tuesday. >> okay, the economic stats n the second quarter of this year, april, may, june, the u.s. economy grew at a rate of that's 4/10 every 1% growth. question, are these statistics a bigger worry than the debt ceiling prevailing argument? pat buchanan? >> they're equally big worries, john. despite the fact the president had an $800 billion stimulus fed is triple the money supply, three deficits of almost $5 trillion, the economy is dead in the water this. that argues for a stimulus of a reaganite stimulus or obama stimulus, but there's who more tools in the toolbox here. on the other side you have the debt deficit problem, which $10 trillion in deficits, which argues for austerity. spending cuts, taxations, so you've got two in total conflict. the president inherited aaron economy, john, that i think the only way this thing will go forward is through the old stagfl
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Jul 8, 2011 8:30pm PDT
highest priorit9 in he's achieved it. the other big difference john boehehr was once a committee chairman. he pushed legisla$ion throughl he knows how to make deals@at the coittee levels and he believes in the houseworkiwn. righting legislation in the hands of a tight-knit group of peoplea"ound the speake dennis hastert ntued that, nancy pelosi continued that. john boehner is unwinding that concentration of power, making the house a@differt place. >>i think he's got a ot. >> at @@becoming the president? >> yes. >> i don't see that, john. >> just thk about it. >> i just think there are other people are. >> his brand ofrepublicanism would carry. >> but i n't think has the@ -- either the bition or personality@todo that. >> he likes golf too ch! go on campaign trails. >> what about eisenhowe"? eisenhower liked golf a lot >> exit @@estion,@s hn boehner brout civili back to congress, yes or no?@ >> i think to a great @@extent. he is morealmer, asonable, rational guy. he done a good job dog that. >> he's la back, but he's representing a republican caulk thaws is really ha edged don't ge
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Jul 15, 2011 5:30pm PDT
opportunity to do something big. >> suarez: but after five straight days of talks with congressional leaders, president obama conceded today something big remains elusive. >> we are obviously running out of time. and so what i've said to the members of congress is that you need, over the next 24 to 36 hours, to give me some sense of what your plan is to get the debt ceiling raised through if they show me a serious plan, i'm ready to move, even if it requires some tough decisions on my part. >> suarez: the president had previously insisted on extending the debt ceiling through 2012 past next year's election. but after thursday's talks, he settled for asking congressional leaders to review three options with their members. the first-- the so-called "grand bargain" that mr. obama favors-- would cut deficits by about $4 trillion dollars, including spending cuts and new tax revenues. a medium-range plan would aim to reduce the deficit by about half that amount. the smallest option would cut betwn $1 trillion and $1.5 trillion dollars without increased tax revenue or any medicare and medic
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Jul 8, 2011 10:00pm PDT
ripple effect because this is obviously a big jobs generator, the place they call the space coast. but in particular today i spent some time talking with travis thompson who has spent 33 years here at the kennedy space center working on the shuttle program. he is the lead technician on the clogout crew, the guys who button them up, the astronauts, strap them in, shut the door and send them off to space. he and his team, it was a very emotional day for them. as they were finishing up their job they had put together a series of cards with messages talking about their appreciation for the program, their patted rotism and frankly -- patriotism and their sadness, and the final word was god bless america, held by travis thompson himself. this is travis thompson's last day on the job, after 100 shuttle missions, getting the crews strapped in and ready to go to space, tomorrow he has no job. where he is going to go to work. as he said, my job is putting human beings in spacecraft to go to space. i don't see a lot of prospects for doing that somewhere else. so it is a poignant moment for h
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Jul 27, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. and detroit's big three. >> ifill: ray suarez gets an update on the turmoil in libya. >> brown: and we close with a paul solman story about a convicted murderer and middle school dropout who now makes $80,000 a year after completing college while behind bars. >> these are my dreams. i fit in right here, but this is what i'm looking at, this is where i want to be, this is where i can be, this is where i deserve to be. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> i mean, where would we be without small businesses? >> we need small businesses. >> they're the ones that help drive growth. >> like electricians, mechanics, carpenters. >> they strengthen our communities. >> every year, chevron spends billions with small businesses. that goes right to the heart of local communities, providing jobs, keeping people at work. they depend on us. >> the economy depends on them. >> and we depend on them. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial litera
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Jul 29, 2011 11:00pm PDT
for therapy we have a small wall and we're gradually moving to a big wall. and we'l graduly see one brick after another. it's hard work. it's partly imagination, a lot of it is perspation. i mean aot of it is just real grind in the laboratory. it needs money it needs resource. it needs focus d i ink there's many really good people including some at my own institution rockefeller university who are doing excellent work in this area. >> where are we in terms of are reaping t benefits of the map of the human again ly. >> switch to the genome. >> yes. what i can say about that. the first thing is some people have been a little disappointed because they felt you know we got the genome that was nearly the end of the story. >> dow understand their disappointment. >> i understand this because in fact we should have made it clear as scientists is actually the beginning of the story. i have a metaphor for this. if you were writing a play, the sequence of the genome is like having the list of characters at the beginning of the play. and the job, you can't write the play without the list of cha
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Jul 29, 2011 5:30pm PDT
location of the operation was the big question. it was cleveland himself who recommended going on a boat. >> lehrer: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> well, the best companies are driven by new ideas. >> our history depends on new ideas. we spend billions on advanced technologies. >> it's all about investing in the future. >> we can find new energy-- more cleaner, safer and smarter. >> collaborating with the best in the field. >> chevron works with the smartest people at leading universities and tech companies. >> and yet, it's really basic. >> it's paying off everyday. and the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: senate democrats vowed to stay in session around the clock to resolve the debt crisis. house rep
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Jul 14, 2011 11:00pm PDT
big turn was the dpe sigs by rupert and james murdoch james being his son and head of his british operations, to do 180-degree turn raer late in the day and having told the parliamentary committee that's going to hold a hearing on tuesday that they would not attend james murdoch saying ther loosely "i can't make it that day, i'll make it some other day. they then... summons were issued by the parliamentary committee which had fairly serious implications and they changed their minds. so we now know that come tuesday we will have the three principal executives that are in the frame on all of which, which is rurplt himself, his son, and rebek brooks who is the chief executive as you know of the murdoch subsidiary here in london being called to testify before parliament. catherine, where do you think the next term is in this story? >> well, john said it'saken a different turner. it's taking so many differen turns everyday that that's a really difficult questio i think that it is likely for the moment to stay focused on news international because the pressure on roourplt, on the organi
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Jul 26, 2011 10:00pm PDT
? wind, solar, algae. >> i think it's got to work on a big scale. and i think it's got to be affordable. >> so, where are they? >> it has to work in the real world. at chevron, we're investing millions in solar and biofuel technology to make it work. >> we've got to get on this now. >> right now. the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: much talk, but little movement: the high-stakes debt and deficit impasse continued today, and last night's dueling primetime speeches by president obama and speaker boehner only seemed to reinforce the bitter stalemate over raising the country's borrowing limit. newshour congressional correspondent kwame holman begins our coverage. >> reporter: it was house speaker john boehner who had the last word last night who was out again earl
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Jul 6, 2011 11:00pm PDT
: linney is currently the star on the show time series the big c. here's a look at that series. >> the doctor. oh, pardon me, sir. dr. sherman, hi. my name's kathy. >> i'm the nurse. >> you're not a drug rap, are you? >> no, no, i'm not. i'm a dying woman who is trying to see the right doctor and ask him if he s any advice on how to save my life. the best i can do is spend the last two hours a day on hold from your office to find out if anyone's canceled. that's not okay. >> i'm going to asyou to leave. >> i will not leave. >> charlie: the big c is currently airing on show time mondays at 10:30 p.m. i'm pleased to have laura lean -- laura linney back at this table. >> thank you, charlie. >> charlie: when you look at that, what do you think? >> it's a weird, you know sort of tapestry of what you feel and i always feel slightly embarrassed when i look at myself. >> charlie: really? you don't look at this clinically and say i can't wait to have somebody watch it. >> i also good off camera. i give performances off camera to people who would never -- i mean, on camera i try my best.
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Jul 1, 2011 8:30pm PDT
, this is going to be up this big on page one finish they're in the deal. he's got to -- [everyone talking at once] >> unemployment rate on page one! >> if the unemployment rate comes out high, it will be the lead story in the newspaper, hn. >> it will dominate the story that we just had? >> it will dominate if for a couple days. >> there will be a deal. >> there will be a deal? >> and there will be a deal and neither side will be happy. each side will give the other side something. they're -- >> not the taxes. that won't be part of the deal. taxes will not be part of the deal. >> what do you 90. >> tax revenues -- [everyone talking at once] >> they'll find something, i think, to agree on finally. i don't know whether it will be on august 2 or august 5th. but unemployment rate is not off the front pages. unemployment is -- on the number-one issue in 20% of american names. you have the biggest unemployment we've had since the great despres in real terms that. is what will kill obama's prospects if he doesn't do something about. it. >> i think the public mood will go dark and they'll
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Jul 21, 2011 6:30pm PDT
past. intel depends heavily on the pc market and that is not the biggest growth area. it's a big growth is in the mobile sector and not in the pc market which had to lower the expectations for the pc business for the months ahead. there is a mixed outlook and that is the reason why the stock of intel is losing in the thursday session. >> what other shares or stories are standing out in the session? >> basically, we got extremely good numbers if you compare them to expectations from morgan stanley, the last big american bank to come out with earnings. the stock is trading up by 1.9%. that helps to support financial stocks and wall street. we had a pretty gloomy outlook from pepsi. they had decent numbers for the past but the outlook is a bit disappointing. that stock is one of the bigger losers with a drop of about 5%. >> thank you very much. staying with earnings, things are looking up for american express. cardholders spendnd record amount in the second quarter of this year and that sent profits surging to over $1.3 billion. this was a bit of a comeback. many corporate clients cut back
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Jul 10, 2011 9:00am PDT
portray it. the fantastic movie with a big impact. i think television's obligation is the same thing. look at the "wil and grace" show. they have a character on there hooked on vikatin and pun cutesy but they don't have all the stuff that happens to you when you're hooked on vikatin. the diarrhea, the physical breakdown, the mental breakdown. this is not cutesy stuff. getting drunk, using drugs, is not cutesy stuff. and hollywood has a responsibility to portray it realistically. too many times -- i think animal house is -- i think these teen shows that glorify drinking and binge drinking and pill popping and pot smoking -- >> on the matter of pill popping, we have a gentleman on the phone who does prescribe mood-altering drugs to a lot of people. i presume because that's that is where psychiatry is moved to in america. millions of people take mood-altering drugs. is that correct dr. kolodner? >> it's very commonly prescribed, yes and there are certainly doctors that do that well and doctors that don't do that well. >> do you think we are over prescribed? >> i don't think you can gene
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Jul 31, 2011 1:00pm PDT
getting a big brother. >> people living in the southern italian city of naples are used to living with rotting garbage on their streets. the local mafia has had a stranglehold on garbage collection, running iraq it through their control of landfill sites. naples has a new mayor who has declared war on trash, but beating the mafia where his predecessors have failed. >> in the sweltering heat, innoxious cents hangs over the city of naples. we are driving to the stronghold of the local mafia. it is a maze of concrete tenements, drugs, piles of trash, this is all part and parcel life here. this is the kind of place you need to film discreetly. it is not exactly a tourist attraction and. the new mayor of naples, who enjoys police protection, has now declared war. he knows that his battle against garbage means no less than taking on the mafia. getting in touch with the grassroots ikey. he is visiting neighborhoods to try and get local people on his side to give them hope. >> i want to help the people who volunteer their services in schools and clubs and doing a lot of bad worker. we hav
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Jul 11, 2011 6:30pm PDT
big ones. >> the threat today is for the whole eurozone, so we need to find a solution. >> ministers signed off on what they hope will be part of the new solution, the new bailout fund that will kick in from 2013, but as they all know, a lot could change before then. >> our brussels correspondent has been following the discussions by the eurozone finance ministers in brussels. can you tell us what has come out of today's debt crisis talks? >> the formal agreement on anything has now been pushed back into another meeting of finance ministers later this month, but they have been discussing a lot. of course, the focus has been on greece and the question of a second bailout for greece. is it possible? how much will be needed? when will it be triggered? and, crucially, should private bondholders take their share responsibly? should there be obliged to extend their lines of credit to greece to put off the evil day when they will need a second bailout and call in their dead? the ecb, the european central bank, thinks that is stretching it to try to get that agreement. but angela merkel has
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Jul 18, 2011 11:00pm PDT
of passing the bill deal, a big $4 illion deal that would significantly cut spending but also include some tax revenue increases. that's, i think... as tough as it would be far to pass the house, i think idea of just giving the president the authority but getting political points to store in return is not going to fly with the republicans in the house. the only way it passes in the house i believe is if there is a vast majority of democrats to go along with it and a slice of republicans. but, look, y heard the speaker last week say this whole situation is like a rubik's cube. any time you kind of dial up the spending cuts, you're going to start losing democrats. any time you di up anything portrayed as a tax increase, even if it's not increasing tax rates,obods talngbout that right now. anything that looks like it's increasing tax revenues at all you start losing republicans. >> rose: so is th idea of the president's desire far grand bargain and speaker boehner at one time hoping for a grand bargain, is that dead or does... the white house says it still hopes for that is it fa
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Jul 21, 2011 11:00pm PDT
really one of the big questions. >> in europe it's the same thing. >> rose: u.s. leadership. >> yeah. >> rose: what is it you thi they expect from the united states in 2011 and twelve after all that's taken place? the economic collapse that we had. the wars we were engaged in and two that we are still engaged in in different levels. what does the world want from america? >> well, leadersh, i think, is the short answer to the question. but we can start with asia and go to europe and go to the middle east. in asia, they want the ited states to be present. they wanthe united states that ey can count on to meet its obligations anpromises t ales and partners, and we have been doing that. you know, this is a mistake... not mistake. it's not a coincidence that secretary clinton took her first trip as secretary of state to asia. >> rose: and she's back in india as we speak. since dean rusk in 1961. and we have really engaged... they want u.s. presence. i think the asians want to see the unitedtates engaged and, by the way, they want us to manage the relationship with china in a positive cons
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Jul 6, 2011 5:30pm PDT
twitter, create the next google, how are we going to create the next big thing? but make sure that production is here. >> brown: it was the third such social media event for the president this year. in april, he took part in a town hall hosted by facebook, and in january, he answered video questions submittedia youtube. for the president and other politicians and leaders, twitter especially has become an increasingly essential communications tool. republican mitt romney used the service in early june to announce to his followers he was running for president. and then, to keep them in the loop about campaign events. and with more than half a million followers, former vice presidential candidate sarah palin is a frequent user, sometimes posting multiple times a day. but there are also cautionary tales including, most recently, congressman anthony weiner, whose tweeted sexual messages and photos opened him to ridicule and ended in his resignation. >> now, our next question comes from someone you may know-- this is speaker boehner. >> oh, there you go. ( laughter ) >> brown: as for tod
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Jul 1, 2011 10:00pm PDT
as you said, they made it a big case from the start and said they had the case. >> yeah, they said they had the case. and we did hear from cyrus mance today. also ken thompson the lawyer for the accuser, for the made, he criticized the manhattan district attorney, said that they perhaps were fearing they mr. going to lose the case. they were setting up for a dismissal. they were very critical. he even referenced manhattan district attorney's recent cases that had failed. so this is a very interesting dynamic. and this could be a major blow for cyrus mance, the manhattan district attorney. today we did not see that strong, confident prosecution we saw in the last two courtrooms. >> brown: laurie levenson, pick up on that last part. the split that we saw when the attorney for the accuser came out was very strongly going after the prosecutor for dropping the ball, for not picking up, and really telling him, do not let go of this. how unusual is something like that? >> well, you know, this is a big advocate for the victim. and a lot of victims don't have such an advocate. but frankly f
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Jul 28, 2011 5:30pm PDT
businesses, communities, equipment, materials. >> that money could make a big differen to a lot of people. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: it was decision day in the house of representatives today as speaker john boehner faced a key test of his leadership, four days before the u.s. government could face default. "newshour" congressional correspondent kwame holman begins our coverage. >> reporter: house republicans pushed forward with a vote today on the speaker's plan, even as the measure faced a white house veto threat and a firm wall of opposition in the democratic- controlled senate. boehner's plan would cut the deficit by $917 billion over the next decade by capping the budgets of federal agencies. the proposal would also raise the debt ceiling
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Jul 12, 2011 11:00pm PDT
future prosperity at risk. >> how do you cree demand? i know the big picture; you use the government to promote licies. what are the policies to get people to demand mo products so that companies can make more products and hire more people d e capit to build more factories? >> there are four things: you invest in infrastructure or other things that the public sector -- that's a kind of stimulous program. >> that's kind of a stim you las and creation of demand, different sides of the same coin. you put more money -- you give people -- you give employees or employers tax relief that puts more money in their pocket so thathey spend more. you provide support to parts of the economy that we obvious laying people off on a huge scale that they don't wanto lay off because they have important work to do. and that's why support for state and lol governments is so important. you providenemployment insurance and support for workers who have lost their jobs and who would otherwise set off aspiral by cutting their spending. and you do everything that you can to promote t sale of america
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Jul 31, 2011 11:30am PDT
. >>reporter: it's a big step for the industry, but would be a giant leap for consumers who still seemto be keeping to the shallow end - for now. >>...the number of times a feature film is seen in its entirety on the subscription vod, from first frame to last is quite minimal in terms of a comparable being how you would expect a viewer of a dvdthat they purchased to really watch the entire film from beginning to end. so it's much more like the tv market where people are flicking channels and going in and out of programming. >>reporter: but it's far from plain sailing. one of the biggest threats to the industry comes from illegal content sharing. torrent sites which enable users to download the latest films are a part of the problem costing the industry billions of dollars per year. >>some people do it for kicks, uploading stuff, but some people do it because they're putting two fingers up to the industry. they don't actually realise it's not their activity by itself that causes a problem, it's millions of people like them who are trying to freeload who cause the damage. >>if you l
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Jul 6, 2011 6:30pm PDT
opportunities. people are not able to get back to normal life. that is the big challenge for the national transitional council. in west libya, the fighting is going on. there is a gap and a difference between the east and west libya. >> us talk about the facebook generation. how much of a difference is it making in libya? >> it is interesting to me, the rebels. they are the generation of facebook. the people fighting now are those who used to chat on facebook. this helps indication between them. even to get international attention by spreading videos and photos. the proof of that was that gaddafi shut down the internet. in the gaza, they are getting access again. >>hat can the international community to to support the rebels? >> the most important thing is that they recognize the national transitional council as the traditional -- legitimate representative of the libyan people. that is the most important thing. they will meet in is a symbol. they will work to support the libyans financially. -- they will meet in istanbul. >> what can germany due to support the rebels? >> germany's part is
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Jul 31, 2011 9:00am PDT
? >> yes. >> but that doesn't mean we're programmed to die. >> precisely. there's a big difference between genes that influence duration of life and genes that are there specifically for the purpose of causing us to age or to die. the ladder cannot occur, the former must occur. >> in what sense is evolution the culprit? >> well, our genes evolved tens of thousands of years ago, conditions were very different. there was not a survival advantage for the species for people to live a very long time so long, longevity, long life-spans were not selected. >> you mean because of the food opportunities and the lean hunting seasons? >> there was limited physical resources, limited food, so it's difficult to say that death was selected for but i think we can say that long life was not an advantage. so evolutions did not select us to live a long time. >> does d%ath make sense from a darwinian perspective? >> there have been arguments that people dying, you know, after child-rearing would free up resources for the young. we don't have proof of that. i think what we can say is that long life was
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Jul 19, 2011 5:30pm PDT
about alternatives, right? wind, solar, algae. >> i think it's got to work on a big scale. and i think it's got to be affordable. >> so, where are they? >> it has to work in the real world. at chevron, we're investing millions in solar and biofuel technology to make it work. >> we've got to get on this now. >> right now. and the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the firestorm over phone hacking in britain put media magnate rupert murdoch on the hot seat today before a committee of parliament. along with his son and a former top executive, murdoch faced close questioning, and a closer encounter with a pie plate. outside, the sidewalks were crowded with protesters against the murdochs and their newspapers, and british prime minister david cameron. inside, rupert murdoch was
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Jul 13, 2011 11:00pm PDT
pushed for and i think is sensible to call together bipartisan group d 's talk big a joint committee with the power of committee, the staffing of the committee and really come up with specific recommdations on dealing with this deficit in the longer term and consider everythi. literally everything. spending, entitlements, revenue, put it all together and try to come up with something that might be done on a bipartisan basis. you know we've come close to bull simpson even with the gang of six and perhaps this approach will be what's needed. >> for the benefit of the audience because you're familiar with it, lay out the specifics of the mcconnell plan. >> well, here's how it would work. firms the congress would give the authority to the president of the united states to request and to execute debt ceiling extension. then it would under another process that we he, another law, give the authority to congress to disapprove that action. so there would be a resolution of disapproval considered first in theouse then in the senate. if the resolution disapproval would pass, the majority vote w
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Jul 25, 2011 6:30pm PDT
default, we would see a big spike in long- term interest rates, so that would affect mortgage rates. it would affect car lending rates. it would affect business lending rates. so all of that could be quite problematic for the whole economy. so that's why, you know, certainly the treasury department and one has to say the federal reserve as well very worried about this. and want to avoid this at all costs. >> ifill: does it have to actually occur or is merely this delay, this debate, is that already putting its own drag on these areas of the economy? >> well, so far i say the uncertainty about what is exactly going to happen, what's going to get cut, what could be affected is giving a lot of consumers and businesses pause, if you will, making it quite risk-averse. and one of the reasons we're going through a soft patch, it's not the only reason, one of the reasons is this uncertainty. and what is triggering is risk aversion on the part of businesses and consumers. so already in a sense they're anticipating or worried about what might happen and pulling back. >> ifill: as we sit here toni
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Jul 23, 2011 11:30am PDT
can do a lot. $10 for the red cross we've seen with the programs $10 makes a big difference in pakistan and haiti. and i think it's bringing more attention to these topics that we would not normally. >> cokie raises an interesting point the way ads work is more and more you look at people who look just like us and look st as ugly and as bad as we do. and somehow we are supposed to identify with these people. but the fact is that there is a celebrity fever in this country. and maybe there always has been so the whole notion that i am doing the same thing as somebody famous appeals to people. never has aealed to me. but if it gets people --. >> because are you for the underdog. >> true. >> i think it's fantastic because it raises awareness on these issues. very few of us i have been privileged to travel around the world and go to ethiopia and address the issues but few of us get a chance to do that and everyone can participate and it brings awareness and knowledge. >> it is a great way to end the program is to have everyone participate with awareness and knowledge and that's it f
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Jul 18, 2011 5:30pm PDT
cumulatively speaking, it's a big blow for the karzai administration. you know, it'sçç confidant, relatives, high-level aides going back into april some of them are being killed. but more than who is doing it or who it's happening to, i would put it altogether by saying it's a real danger for the stability of the government and it makes it seem as if as the americans and nato begin to pull out, it's really not clear who is in control. it's really not clear where these chips are going to fall. >> you wrote aboutç that ioç oe of the recent pieces for the post that the tenor of kabul is changing. people seem to be preparing for that day when the last u.s. troops are out of there and trying to figure out where the power is going to be. >> exactly. people are very nervous and scared. the last time a super power was involved in afghanistan and suddenly left, which was of course the soviet union in 1989, it wasn't long after that that civil wary rupted which was incredibly vicious and destructive and destroyed much of the capital. nobody thinks that's going to happen now but they're worriedç
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Jul 18, 2011 6:30pm PDT
. there is a big discussion. in the u.s., and they are investigating. tomorrow and the next days and weeks are going to be fascinating in that respect. >> as always, we thank you very much. on to libya now, where rebels have claimedictory in the battle for a strategic town. there are conflicting reports about whether or not they have complete control of the town which has been held since gaddafi -- by gaddafi since march. most of the gaddafi forces are said to be retreating west. rebels say 12 fighters were killed and hundreds wounded. the capture would mark a major rebel breakthrough in their bid to push westward. the foreign ministers of europe have been meeting in brussels to discuss the situation in syria. they are considering a series of measures to resolve the standoff between the president and his opponent. in syria itself, anti-government protests are continuing, and activists are warning of potential civil war in the country. >> syria was top of the agenda in brussels today. eu foreign ministers pressured the president assad to reform or step down as they threaten yet more s
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Jul 17, 2011 8:30am PDT
with a big expansion of el museo, a big renovation of el museo. and over the 40 years, what has changed is also the profile of the us as perhaps the most diverse latino country. >> hinojosa: because basically, 40 years ago, el barrio, spanish harlem, was predominantly-- it had been italian at one point-- but it was predominantly a puerto rican community. >> correct, and el barrio has always been a place of immigrants, and i think that is also something very, very, very imporant to notice is that that part of the upper east side of manhattan has always been very welcoming. and before italian, it was irish, and so it has that tradition. but definitely since the '40s, puerto ricans started making el barrio their home, and then the name, therefore, el barrio. and it is very, very... a sense of the place where they would gather. then there's the creation of organizations and institutions like la marqueta where they would shop, and so it is full of history. and el museo emerges, also, of those social movements in the '60s-- in the late '60s-- where different communities were looking a
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Jun 30, 2011 5:30pm PDT
businesses, communities, equipment, materials. >> that money could make a big difference to a lot of people. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> warner: once again today, debt-laden governments in europe grappled with massive public anger over austerity measures they'd imposed. in greece, the government won a bitter struggle today to rein in debt for bailout help. and in britain, civil servants took the streets. a tense calm returned to athens, greece today, but shards of glass lay strewn on the sidewalks and charred debris was stacked in the streets. they were the remnants of riots that raged into the night as protesters set fires and battled police, who fought back with clouds of tear gas. even so, the greek parliament voted today to implement the austerity meas
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Jul 3, 2011 10:00am PDT
big cuts in spending and more revenue. >> so the bottom line is this -- any agreement to reduce our deficit is going to require tough decisions and balanced solutions. the president urged congress to reach a deal now. >> if the united states government, for the first time, cannot pay its bills, if it defaults, then the consequences for the u.s. economy will be signicant andnpredictable. and that is not a good thing. >> we have a special report coming up later on the moral arguments in washington's intense debate over debt, spending and taxes. >>> in new york, there were celebrations after that state legalized gay marriage. some religious groups, however, continued to voice their objection to the law. new york's catholic bishops said the law will undermine marriage and family. in a separate statement, the bishop of brooklyn warned catholic schoolagains bestowing any distinctions and honors on the governor or on legislators who voted for the law. >>> in other news, palestinian leaders formally announced their decision to seek united nations recognition for an independent palestinian s
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Jul 13, 2011 5:30pm PDT
trillion dollars exposure to italian paper. even american banks have almost $300 billion. is italy too big to fail? >> well, certainly it is. i mean, if you have to think about a rescue package for italy no one today has the money to put it up. i mean, let's face it, as you said before, italy is six times the size of greece. so i think that everybody should be quite calm. today the markets were doing much better. it's true, as ken was saying before, part of the confusion arose because of a fight over an internal political fight between berlusconi and finance minister tremonte. but the decree for a large austerity plan was already passed. and it was because of this fight that the markets feared that maybe this decree was not going to be approved by parliament. today the situation has been clarified. by friday this package will be passed and, you know, italy is going to go on by adopting this plan and by 2014 it will have a balanced budget which is going to be quite an enviable situation if all of this will go according to plan. >> suarez: professor rogoff, the news of the austerity plan see
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Jul 14, 2011 5:30pm PDT
small businesses, communities, equipment, materials. >> that money could make a big difference to a lot of people. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: the debt ceiling deadlock in washington led to increasingly urgent appeals for action today. but even as talks resumed, white house officials warned not to expect a hallelujah moment. fresh alarms sounded on wall street and around the world today about the consequences of a potential u.s. government default. standard & poors joined moody's in warning the country's credit rating could be downgraded, if the government tries to pay just the interest on its debt. and china said it hopes the u.s. adopts responsible policies. the chinese hold more than $1 trillion in u.s. debt, more than any other foreign cr
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Jul 8, 2011 11:00pm PDT
two parties right now. and i think that is the big challenge right now. how do we basically develop a political platform and a mandate to do those four things. >> i would add a couple things. to what tom said which i basically agree with. but first there is a cultural element here. it's not just a problem in washington, it's a pblem in the culture. a nation where people have distrust of authority, don't trust government, unwilling to accept sacrice, feel very threatened, want pore government than they are willing to pay for, and so there has to be a gigantic education campaign to go under that. and then the second thing i would add, and tom talked about a hybrid politics, i uld say we'vead it. and we just have to rediscover it. and i go back perpeally to my hero alex aner hamilton who created this hrid politics it was not -- he got us out of the big government versus small government debat he stood for lited b energetic government to enhance social mobility. so people in the hamiltonian practise decision which include the wig party and the lincoln an republican party at the founding
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Jul 4, 2011 5:30pm PDT
the red, white, and blue. in the big apple and elsewhere, the day will end with the usual bursts of color, lighting the night sky-- a once-a-year moment, cherished by millions. but, in some places, this year, the sky will be silent. raging wildfires and dry weather in arizona, new mexico, and texas have forced authorities to cancel fourth of july fireworks in certain areas. >> a lot of people are going to be really disappointed, i thinkç >> woodruff: the patriotic spirit isn't felt only in the united states. these u.s. soldiers stationed in southeastern afghanistan held a flag raising ceremony to commemorate the 4th. and at kandahar airfield general david petraeus spent his last independence day as commander of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan, with the troops. petraeus set to take up his new job as c.i.a. director later this year, today administered the oath of re-enlistment to 235 service members.çç >> you can really feel the honor, especially when you get a general like general petreas come down and do it for us. it makes it really feel a lot more important to me. it'll b
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Jul 30, 2011 11:30am PDT
still has a stigma attached. >> a lot of it comes -- a big stigma and taboo when it comes to immigrant communities and they cannot be self sustaining. and that's -- for example, the highest suicide rates among teens in new york, 50% of latina young women have tried suicide. much more for the mothers. there is a problem. how do you communicate cross-culturally that there are services available? >> big issue. >> big issue. it is an issue that involves countries that are wealthy. very much countries that are wealthy and our ability to deal with this mental health issue as part of our healthcare system is a big challenge and as we redo the healthcare plan, hopefully we will be able to do something more about mental health coverage. >> behind the headlines: paying the poor to end poverty. brazil and mexico are using a controversial strategy that is turning heads around the world. in an effort to close the economic gap, they are paying poverty-stricken citizens. to the contrary examines how the program operates and whether it can work here in the united states. >> if you're a poor
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Jul 3, 2011 11:30am PDT
. but like thousands of other backwaters across the country, it has big plans for the next five years as it seeks to boost incomes by at least 14 percent annually. >>the most meaningful economic decisions are made far away from beijing, in places like here - pengshui - over 1500 km south west of the capital. few if any here are interested in cooling economic growth or slashing investment plans as this is the only model they know that can provide jobs, spread more money around and, it's hoped, keep the people content. >>reporter: and in this belief, the local authority plans to plough some 2 billion us dollars every year into investment in buildings and infrastructure. >>the pace of our development is very fast - but we are very poor, we are backward, we are under developed, we're coming from a very low starting point. that's why, in our new five year plan our growth could reach 20 percent. >>reporter: one of pengshui's big ideas is to build a new city centre on this farmland, a 20 minute drive away. in a couple of years' time, the billion dollar project will be linked to the old distr
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Jul 16, 2011 11:30am PDT
. we want to talk about entitlement programs andctu subsidies but not about the big areas of the federal budget that actually can stand some significant cuts that are protecting the interests ofte those who need to be protected in this society.cof t>> >> social security is broke because the social securityroke system is broke. if you ask anyone under 40, i'd say even under 50 years old now they're not depending on socialo security for their retirement. they're already making their owf plans. let's go ahead and address nowts these structural problems because frankly the public is already aware that they can't rely on social security. fix the structural programs now and give us the freedom to maker our own choices. >> i just can't let that go by.f the viewers of this program really need to know social security is not broke. in fact it's currently running s $2.3 trillion surplus. this created in 1980 because people knew there was a babyrean boom generation that was going to retire. in fact, we have a surplus in social security that's just for the next 20-some odd years, and if you s
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Jul 10, 2011 1:00pm PDT
created big problems. welcome to "european journal." coming up, desk. rhino thieves target museums in europe. and making healthy babies, a belgian clinic helps parents out. >>> it is a devastating sight in south african national parks, dead rhiceros on their patrols. some 200 have been killed this year of the rhone. it poachers' what the animals for their horns, which are wanted for their money. >> the rhinoceros head is in the store room. the museum director still cannot believe that the thieves ripped off the horn. the white mark is all that remains on the wall. >> two weeks ago, there was the head of a rhino there. when the attendant went to close the museum, she noticed somebody hanging on the head, their arms around the horn. he tore off the horn and ran for the exit, spurring everyone in his way with teargas. -- spraying everyone and his way with tear gas. >> the thieves left by the stairs where he was challenged. outside, his accomplice was waiting in the getaway car. >> an intern tried to stop him and to students got hit by teargas. >> luckily, the police managed to capture th
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Jul 19, 2011 6:30pm PDT
warned that people should not be expecting one big, spectacular solution. this is a long, ongoing process. it is a matter of small steps. we have to make sure that greece becomes competitive again, that it gets its debt down, and that will not be achieved with one big, spectacular step. president medvedev also had some words to say on the euro. he says he is cautiously optimistic that it will pull through. he says it is an extortion attempt, said nations have never tried before, and it is wishing europe bloc -- he said it is an extraordinary attempts, such that nations have never tried before, and he is pushing europe luck. >> some clouds on the horizon. a closely watched survey said dennis analysts and institutional investors are in anticipating a weaker performance in the months to come -- a closely watched survey said analysts and institutional investors are anticipating a weaker performance in the months to come. use 9 last month. reflecting concern that the debt crisis, could spread to italy. however, the drop in german expectations may not translate to weaker economic growth
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Jul 12, 2011 5:30pm PDT
think it's got to work on a big scale. and i think it's got to be affordable. >> so, where are they? >> it has to work in the real world. at chevron, we're investing millions in solar and biofuel technology to make it work. >> we've got to get on this now. >> right now. the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: another blistering forecast greeted millions of americans today. the unrelenting hot weather broke a series of records, and triggered warnings in state after state. >> judging by the -- large portions of the country the sweating is way from over with temperatures over 100 degrees and above. >> how hot do you think it is. >> 109. >> in wichita, a high yesterday of 111 degrees, breaking a record set in 1982. it was expected to hit 103 today, the 20th straight day of t
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Jul 25, 2011 10:00pm PDT
for work and have been for some time. and this going on in washington is a big part of the reason why. before i served in congress i ran a small business in ohio. i was amazed at how different washington d.c. operated than every other business in america. where most american businesses make the hard choices to pay their bills, live within their means. in washington, more spending and more debt is business as usual. well, i've got news for washington, those days are over. president obama came to congress in january and requested businesses as usual. he had ner routine increase in the national debt, but we in the house said not so fast. here was a president asking for the largest debt increase in american history on the heels of the largest spending binge in american history. and here's what we got for that massive spending binge. a new health-care bill that most americans never asked for. a stimulus bill that's more effective in producing material for late night comedians than it was in producing jobs. and a national debt that has gotten so out of hand it sparked a crisis without prece
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Jul 5, 2011 10:00pm PDT
got to work on a big scale. and i think it's got to be affordable. >> so, where are they? >> it has to work in the real world. at chevron, we're investing millions in solar and biofuel technology to make it work. >> we've got to get on this now. >> right now. the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: twin bombings shattered the calm in a city north of baghdad today. more than three dozen iraqis were killed, with 50 or more wounded. it was the latest sign of rising violence as u.s. troops prepare to withdraw. the charred remains of a car bomb littered a street in the city of taji this afternoon. it blew up in the parking lot of a local government building, damaging nearby businesses and killing dozens of people. as ambulances and security forces rushed to help, they were hi
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Jul 11, 2011 11:00pm PDT
president realizes we have to get a big deal. as we discussed a couple of weeks ago or last week, charlie, if you don't send the appropriate signal to international financial communities, you can raise the debt ceiling but the interest costs are going to go through the roof. so it has to be a big deal and so i think he recognizes that. and i think speaker boehner subpoena looking at the reality of what's going to happen in 2013 without agreeing to what the president said. we're going to have 4.9% increases on taxes on everybody earning er $200,000 a year anyway just from the affordabl care act. so you'll see significant increase in taxes withoutany increased taxes put on the table. i think they can do a deal and i think a deal can get done if, in fact, we do take away a lot of the tax eendires and lower the rates so thatwe get an economic boom that would come a that. so i think it's still possible. i think things tend to happen in washington when they have to so my slope that something will come togher and occur. >> rose: how long do you think it will take? >> i don't kw. you kno
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